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LAUGFS Gas Bangladesh opened the largest LPG depot at Jhenaidah
LAUGFS Gas (Bangladesh) Ltd, a 100% subsidiary of Sri Lankan business conglomerate LAUGFS Holding, has recently inaugurated its regional distribution center at Jhenaidah. The launched regional distribution center, shortly termed as RDC, is being marked as the best kind of depot in LPG industry in terms of safety standard and compliance, said a press release. Being the proud owner, LAUGFS Gas officiated the RDC at Jhenaidah with a ribbon cutting ceremony in the hand of its senior management including Md Saidul Islam, Director and CEO of LAUGFS Gas Bangladesh, Ranjith Jayawardena, COO of LAUGFS Gas Bangladesh, Nazeer Latiff, General Manager (Sales & Marketing) of LAUGFS Gas Bangladesh, Dr MayuraNeththikumarage, General Manager (Operations), SujeewaVidanapathirana, General Manager (Finance). This auspicious occasion was also presented by company’s channel partners who will be taking cylinders of LAUGFS Gas from this depot to sale and distribute to their respective markets. Jhenaidah RDC will be catering the market demand of Jhenaidah, Kushtia, Meherpur, Chuadanga, and Rajbari, a region crossing Padma river which is showing a lot of socio-economic promise in the country. Company officials of LAUGFS Gas Bangladesh have conveyed gratitude from company’s behalf to all the distributors and dealers for being with the company to provide support and service to the market neatly and thanked all the invited channel partners for keeping the faith on company and requested them to do so in coming days. LAUGFS Gas believes in growing the business together with its well-wishers as well as serving the community as a good corporate citizen. Having its terminal in Bangladesh at Mongla, LAUGFS Gas has set its logistical infrastructure at all the major regions of Bangladesh and expanding the number more to cater the LPG demand seamlessly all over Bangladesh.  
Summit power generation capacity increases to 1,941MW
July 16, 2018 Monday 7:02 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Bangladesh’s largest independent power producer (IPP), Summit Power, has recently raises it electricity generation capacity to 1,941MW with commissioning of another power plant at Gazipur. The local power giant started producing electricity from another 149 MW HFO-based power plant, at Kodda in Gazipur. The new plant, Summit Gazipur I Power Limited, went into operation on schedule, said a press release by the Summit Group. With addition of this new power plant, the total generation capacity of Summit now stands at 1,941 MW. Just two months ago another plant, Summit Gazipur II Power (300MW), started power generation in record time. Summit Gazipur I Power is supplying electricity to 132 KV national grid through PGCB’s Kodda grid sub-stations. Summit Gazipur I (149MW) and Gazipur II (300MW) power plants are located adjacent to each other in Kodda, Gazipur about 30 km away from Dhaka city. Summit Gazipur I Power Limited is a joint venture of Summit Power Limited (SPL) – the DSE and CSE listed company with 64% ownership and remaining by Summit Corporation Limited. The project agreements of this 149 MW power project consequently the power purchase agreement (PPA) and implementation agreement (IA) were signed with Bangladesh government for a period of 15 years on April 12, 2017.  
Category: Power
Nuclear plant being implemented with full security measures: PM
July 15, 2018 Sunday 4:33 PM By BSS
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant is being constructed with taking full security measures, adding the design of the plant has been developed in such a way that it will not succumb to any accident–natural or man-made. Highest measures are being undertaken to avoid any sort of risk for the people, she said, adding that Russian Federation will take back spent nuclear fuel of the plant and a deal has been signed in this regard. The prime minister said this while addressing a gathering on the occasion of the First Concrete Pouring Ceremony of the Second Unit of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant here. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina hoped that the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant would play an important role in the journey to turn Bangladesh into a middle income country. She said electricity is a key element for socio-economic development and adequate and reliable supply of electricity is an important prerequisite for attracting both domestic and foreign investment. The government has taken steps to reach electricity to all citizens and various productive sectors as electricity is in the priority list of the demand of the people. Deputy Prime Minister of Russian Federation Yury Ivanovich Borisov attended the function as the special guest with Minister for Science and Technology Yafes Osman in the chair. First Director General of Rosatam Laxin Alexander, Director of International Atomic Energy Agency Dohee Hohn spoke, among others, on the occasion while Secretary of Ministry of Science and Technology Md. Anwar Hossain gave welcome address with an overview of the power plant. Cabinet members, PM’s advisors, officials of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission and Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority, senior atomic energy officials of India, Chiefs of three services and senior civil and military officials were present. Sheikh Hasina conveyed her gratitude to the Russian government and its people for extending their support to the project. With the first concrete pouring of the second unit, Sheikh Hasina hoped that construction of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant will be completed within the stipulated time and Bangladesh would become 33rd country of atomic energy club.  First Concrete of the First Unit of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant was poured on November 30, 2017 and in last seven months, the work of the first unit made a good progress. Sheikh Hasina said in order to have a sustainable power supply, her government, in the energy policy, has laid importance on alternative sources of energy like solar power, nuclear power, wind energy, etc. alongside fossil fuels. As part of a master plan of the electricity producing, the government hastaken decision for commissioning the Rooppur Nuclear Power plant with total capacity of producing 2,400 megawatts of electricity by 2023-2024. Terming the construction of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant a long-cherished dream of the nation, the prime minister said, the seed of the dream was sowed in 1961 when some physical works, including land acquisition, were completed. But the Pakistan government abruptly stopped the work and shifted the plant to West Pakistan showing step-motherly attitude to the East, she said. The premier said the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant was a dream project of Bangabandhu. After independence, he took an initiative to construct nuclear plant and started work. But the entire project was abandoned after his brutal assassination in 1975. Sheikh Hasina said no government for long 21 years had taken any initiative for the project. The Awami League government, after coming to power in 1996, worked out a time-bound plan with International Atomic Energy Commission-IAEA. But before completion of the entire process, the tenure of that government was expired. After coming to power in 2001, the BNP-Jamaat government stopped implementation of many people-oriented programs, including the Rooppur power plant project, she said. Sheikh Hasina said after assuming office in 2009, her government had revived the project and came to an agreement with Russian Federation for implementation of the project. “As a trusted friend, Russia not only extended material and moral support to our liberation war in 1971, but also took part in rebuilding war-ravaged Bangladesh after its independence,” the prime minister recalled. Now country’s total capacity of electricity production rose to 18,353 MW and 90 percent people is under electricity coverage. Over 4.5 million solar home systems have been set up in the areas where transmission line is difficult to be reached, she said. About the concern of a section of the people over safety of the nuclear power plant, the prime minister said safety of nuclear power plant is indeed crucial and we are very much aware of it. “We are strictly following the IAEA safety standards and other relevant guidelines as well as international good practices in building the Rooppur power plant,” she said, adding that the Rooppur plant is being constructed with G3+ Russian reactor which contains the latest technologies for safety measures and radiation control system. Sheikh Hasina said the government has enacted the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Act- 2012 to strengthen national nuclear regulatory infrastructure to ensure safe and secure applications of nuclear techniques. An independent nuclear regulatory authority – Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority (BAERA) has been formed and bilateral relationship with nuclear regulatory bodies of the Russian Federation and India as well as IAEA has been established for the capacity building of the regulatory authority. The President of Russian Federation has assured me of the safety issue. The construction firm Atomstroyexport has been constructing the plant maintaining international standards and ensuring all safety issues, she said. The prime minister said the government has taken initiative for creating necessary manpower for safe operation of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant. Recruitment of personnel and staff and their training in India and the Russian Federation have already been started, she said. “Not only for Rooppur Power Plant, we are also preparing skilled manpower for maintenance of our Satellite Bangabandhu-1, “Sheikh Hasina said. “We have no dearth of talented youths. If proper training is given, our youths would be able to operate these high-tech machineries,” the premier added.
Category: Nuclear
BPDB, GE sign deal for 3600 MW power plant
July 12, 2018 Thursday 4:34 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
American conglomerate General Electric Company (GE) inked a MoU with the state-run Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) for implementing project worth $4.4 billion, including a 3,600-MW LNG to gasbased power plant, an associated LNG import terminal, and necessary infrastructure under a joint venture (JV). BPDB will be the lead partner having 51 per cent equity, while GE will have 30 per cent equity. The remaining 19 per cent equity will be provided by another strategic investor for implementing the 3,600-MW power plant and associated facilities. Prime Minister’s Energy Adviser Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury was the chief guest at the MoU signing ceremony, held at Bidyut Bhaban in Dhaka on Wednesday. Khaled Mahmood, chairman of the BPDB, and Russel Stokes, GE power signed the MoU on behalf of the respective parties. US Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat and Power Division Secretary Ahmad Kaikaus were the special guests at the functions. Speaking on the occasion, the PM’s adviser lauded GE for being associated with the Bangladeshi companies to implement the power and energy projects. He urged the US company to establish a turbine manufacturing plant in the country, and help Bangladesh with innovative technologies to ensure sustainable energy at affordable cost. He also requested GE to consider establishing coal-fired power plants in Bangladesh to ensure diversification of energy and proper fuel-mix. BPDB and GE decided to form a joint venture company to implement the project. The joint venture will carry out a feasibility study, develop 5,600 acres of land, construct and operate the power plant, and construct an LNG import terminal and infrastructure. The plant will have three units of 1,200 MW. The estimated project cost includes $1.6 billion for land development and $2.8 billion for the power plant. The expected completion time is 36 months.  
Category: Power
BD Rail to link Ishwardy with Rooppur nuke plant
July 10, 2018 Tuesday 8:54 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Bangladesh Railway on Tuesday signed an agreement with an Indo-Bangla joint venture company to build a dual-gauge railway line between Pabna’s Ishwardi and Rooppur power plant, the country`s first nuclear plant. The 26.5 kilometre dual gague line including 4.50 km loop-line will carry goods and machineries to the plant. The project will be implemented at the cost of Tk 297.55 crore within next 18 months. The project also include construction of a railway station, 13 level crossings and seven box culverts along with purchase and establishment of a computer-based color light signaling system. According to the contract, the project will be completed within 18 months. Mojibur Rahman, general manager (West) of Bangladesh Railway, signed the deal on behalf of Bangladesh Railway at Rail Bhaban in the capital in presence of Railways Minister Mujibul Haque. Suvash Chandra Hawlader, managing director of Standard Engineers Ltd, signed on behalf of Indo-Bangla joint venture company – Standard Engineers Ltd – Castle Construction Ltd of Bangladesh, and GTP Infra Projects Ltd of India. Railways minister Md Mazibul Hoque chaired the signing ceremony. Railways Minister Muzibul Hoque was present as the chief guest while Railways Secretary Mofazzel Hossain presided over the programme.
Category: Nuclear
Second unit of Rooppur NPP gets construction licence
July 10, 2018 Tuesday 6:37 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) received the design and licence for the construction of second unit of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP). Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority (BAERA) chairman Dr Naiyyum Chowdhury formally handed over the licence for the 1,200-megawatt (MW) unit to BAEC chairman Mahbubul Hoq at a function in Dhaka on July 8. The license confirms the safety of the design for construction as well. Minister for Science and Technology Yeafesh Osman attended the ceremony at a city hotel as the chief guest. Speaking on the occasion, the minister said the decision of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to build the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant was a timely and right one. The project is being implemented under the monitoring of International Atomic Energy Agency (AEA), Russian nuclear regulator and Indian nuclear regulator, said the minister. "ASE (Atomstroyexport) Engineering Company as the General Contractor performs all obligations related to the construction of the Rooppur NPP. Currently, the construction of the first power unit is under way, and we are taking necessary preparation for pouring of  First Concrete into the slab of  reactor compartment of power unit No-2”,  said Valery Limarenko, Head of the Engineering Division of Rosatom State Corporation. Construction of Rooppur NPP Unit-1 started in November, 2017. Currently the works on construction of the walls and reinforcement of the reactor building and the foundation slab of the auxiliary reactor building are being performed, while soil stabilization works for the evaporative cooling tower and others   have already been commenced.  The Rooppur NPP construction is performed based on the Russia-Bangladesh Inter-governmental  agreement on cooperation in the area of NPP construction in the territory of the  of Bangladesh, signed on November 2, 2011. On December 25, 2015 general contract for designing, construction and commissioning of two NPP power units each of 1200 MW capacity and based on VVER-reactors was signed in Dhaka. The project is being implemented by the state-owned Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) under the Science and Technology Ministry, with financial, technical and technological support given by Russia through its state nuclear agency, Rosatom.  
Category: Nuclear
BPC makes Tk26cr profit in 4 years
July 2, 2018 Monday 6:15 PM By Staff Correspondent, energynewsbd.com
State-owned Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) made profit of around Tk26,000 crore by selling fuel oil at home, at a higher price than that of the international market in the last four fiscal years. Analysing the 2018-19 fiscal year budget summary of state-owned institution and Bangladesh Economic Review 2018, it is known that BPC has earned Tk25,816 crore from 2014-15 FY to April of 2017-18 FY. BPC has started to earn profit when international market price of petroleum oil started to be downward in 2015, which lasted for two years. BPC has made successive profit without lowering price down in that time. Last year, international market price soared up exceeding domestic market price in the mid November-December. Now, BPC costs loss in selling of diesel, kerosene, furnace oil, resulting of a possible proposal to the Energy and Mineral Resources Division to hike the fuel price. But they are making profit selling octane, petrol, and jet fuel, said a BPC official. Meanwhile, BPC has deposited only Tk2,950 crore to the government exchequer even though they have made about Tk26,000 crore profit. In the first year, they did not provide any share of dividend to the government exchequer. However, they deposited Tk1,000 crore in the 2015-16 fiscal year after exchanging letters between BPC and the Ministry of Finance, though Tk5,000 crore were demanded from BPC.  Citing reasons of reduction of the profit earning, BPC provided only Tk750 crore dividend although it was ordered to deposit Tk2,500 crore in the FY 2017-18. However, BPC did not repay their loans to the government.
Category: Petroleum
Second unit of Rooppur plant construction to begin July 14
July 1, 2018 Sunday 7:36 PM By Staff Correspondent, energynewsbd.com
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is set to inaugurate the construction of first concrete pouring (FCP) of second unit of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) at the project site in Pabna on July 14. Science and Technology Ministry Secretary Md Anwar Hossain said with the completion of the construction work of the project, the planned power plant will be ready for power generation. He said: “Through the inauguration of the second unit, this mega project with 2,400MW power generation capacity will get ultimate form.” Government high-ups from Bangladesh and Russia, Bangladesh’s partner in the project, will be present at the inauguration ceremony, he added. On November 30 in 2017, Prime Minister formally launched the construction work of first unit on the plant by pouring concretes at the plant site at Rooppur in Pabna, on the east bank of Padma River. The Rooppur plant is expected to add 2,400MW of electricity to the national grid by 2024, helping the country to meet an increasing demand for power. The project is being implemented by the state-owned Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) under the Science and Technology Ministry, with financial, technical and technological support given by Russia through its state nuclear agency, Rosatom. On November 4, in 2017, Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission formally received the design and construction license of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant Unit-1 from Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority (BAERA), paving the way for the main construction work. According to the rules, BAEC must receive the second unit design and construction license before molding concrete of under construction unit where basement is placed.  Regarding this, chairman of BAERA, Professor Naiyyum Choudhury said: “This license would be handed over to the chairman of BAEC in second week of July through a program.” He added, after handing over this license construction of the second unit will be starting soon and according the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) guideline there are obligations to hand over this license before starting construction work. Project Director of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant Project Mohammad Shawkat Akbar said: “All conditions have been fulfilled already for getting the second unit design and license. We hope to start our second unit construction very soon by getting this license.” Bangladesh signed a general contract with Russia on December 25, 2015 for the construction and commissioning of the nuclear power plant in Rooppur. The project is estimated to cost $12.65 billion, 90% of which will be provided by Russia on credit at the sum interest rate of 1.75% and Libor – London Interbank Offered Rate, the average of interest rates offered by leading banks in London, UK which is the global primary benchmark for short-term interest rates.   
Category: Nuclear
ADB approves $500m loan for 800MW Khulna plant
June 30, 2018 Saturday 3:48 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide Bangladesh with US$500 million in loan to help build a state-of-the-art 800 megawatt (MW) power plant in Khulna. Part of the loan will also be spent for linking it up with natural gas and power transmission facilities. Board of Directors of the multilateral lender approved the loan on June 26 at its headquarters in Manila, Philippines, said an ADB press release. “Amid the rising demand for energy in a growing economy, the Rupsha Power Plant will be the first of its kind in Bangladesh, vastly increasing the availability of efficient and cleaner energy,” said ADB Energy Specialist Aziz Yusupov. “By providing additional electricity to about 300,000 consumers, the plant will stimulate business expansion and create new jobs,” Aziz Yusupov was also quoted as saying. Bangladesh faces a major challenge in providing modern and affordable energy, while suffering from recurring generating capacity shortages in the power sector, the ADB release said. In fiscal year 2017, the peak hour demand was estimated at 10,400MW. But the power generation capacity was just 9,479MW, it mentioned. The net peak hour demand is expected to exceed 13,300MW by 2020 and 19,900MW by 2025, while the existing power generation facilities will gradually retire and need replacement. Recognising the need to sustain Bangladesh’s economic momentum, the government has prepared an investment plan to increase the power generation capacity and improve the transmission and distribution network. This is aimed at achieving universal access to grid-connected electricity by 2021, it said. The ADB-financed project design will ensure that the Rupsha plant uses the latest combined cycle technology, which offers the highest efficiency to convert gas to electricity. It will also use the most advanced water treatment processes to purify and recycle liquid waste at the end of the industrial process, leaving zero discharge. To supply gas to the Rupsha power plant, the project will construct gas distribution pipelines measuring 12 kilometres (km), according to the press release. The project will also finance construction of a 230-kilovolt switchyard at the power plant and 29 km of high capacity transmission lines to transfer electricity from Rupsha to the grid. To ensure adequate institutional capacity, the project will conduct overall institutional strengthening of the executing agency, the North-West Power Generation Company Limited. This includes business processes upgrade and training for implementation and operation of the system, maintenance, monitoring, and environment and social safeguards. The total cost of the project is $1.14 billion, with the Islamic Development Bank contributing $300 million and the government contributing $338.5 million. The project is due to be completed by the end of June 2022, said the press release. Grant financing worth $1.5 million will also be provided by the ADB’s Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction, funded by the Government of Japan, to improve living standards in nearby communities, it said. Focusing on vulnerable households and women, activities will include awareness about safe and efficient use of electricity, training on livelihood and job opportunities, and providing school laboratory facilities, it added.
Category: Power
Imported LNG to be supplied from July 4
June 27, 2018 Wednesday 11:45 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The government will start supplying imported liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the national grid from July 4 thanks to the onshore gas pipeline connecting the floating storage in Cox’s Bazar with the main demand centre in Chattogram. “We are hopeful of commissioning the LNG supply on July 4. Initially, a maximum of 350mmcfd of LNG will be supplied to the grid,” M Quamruzzaman, managing director of Rupantarita Prakritik Gas Company Limited (RPGCL), told a hearing on gas tariff hike at TCB auditorium in the city on Monday. Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) chairman Monowar Islam chaired the hearing. M Quamruzzman said they will need to mobilise around Tk 17,000 crore to create a revolving fund for LNG import. “To meet the cost, we will need a net revenue of Tk 0.40 per cubic metre of gas. Otherwise, LNG import will face a major setback,” he said. Petrobangla officials at the hearing said they will need Tk 33.44 per cubic metre to import 1000mmcfd of LNG at a cost of $8.5 per mmcfd inclusive of import duty and other charges. After mixing 1000mmcfd imported LNG with 2700mmcfd local natural gas, the cost will come down to Tk 12.89 per cubic metre, the officials said. Local natural gas costs Tk 5.32 per cubic metre. Consumer Association of Bangladesh (CAB) energy adviser Prof M Shamsul Alam opposed the notion to raise the tariff of natural gas before commissioning the imported LNG. CAB proposed to set the gas price at Tk 9.09 per cubic metre after regasification of LNG. BERC chairman Monowar Islam told the hearing that BERC will decide on gas tariff hike proposals considering the greater interest of the consumers and the financial capacity of gas distribution companies. He urged the consumers to keep faith on the BERC, terming ‘Each crisis is an opportunity.’
Category: Gas
Gas supply shortage hits Ctg city hard
June 24, 2018 Sunday 8:29 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The people of Chattogram have been facing severe gas crisis as its supply from Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Company Ltd has reached the lowest level recently. The region is now getting, on average, 100 million cubic feet of gas per day (mmcfd) against the demand for about 500 mmcfd. KGDCL is not adequate gas supply from the national grid, company sources said. Power generation and fertiliser production in the gas-fired plants remain fully suspended. Commercial enterprises, gas filling stations and a large number of domestic gas consumers are also suffering a lot due to acute gas crisis in the city. Officials at KGDCL said the gas transmission pipeline from Bakhrabad to Chattogram suffers from gas pressure. The authority concerned is carrying out pigging work to remove stumbling blocks caused by carbon and other by-products to the 24-diameter of 175 kilometre pipeline. Pigging work in the transmission line started after Eid-ul-Fitr holidays. It is likely to be completed by the middle of this week. Deputy General Manager, sales (southern) of KGDCL Engineer Sarwar Hossain said gas supply from the national grid will become normal shortly. Gas supply was disrupted for pipeline clearing work, he added. Sources at Petrobangla said KGDCL got 100.9 mmcfd of gas on June 21 and 96.4 mmcfd on June 19 from the national grid against average demand for 470 mmcfd to 500 mmcfd. Production at two 210-megawatt units at Raozan Power Plant, 150-MW and 60-MW Shikalbaha Power Plant and 25-MW Barabkunda Power Plant remains suspended. Production at Chittagong Urea Fertiliser Ltd (CUFL) and Karnaphuli Fertiliser Company (KAFCO) also remain suspended due to an acute shortage of gas supply, sources concerned said. Local consumers in the city, home to over 0.575 million (5.75 lakh) people, are worst sufferers as gas crisis worsened over the last few days. The officials said supply of imported liquefied natural gas (LNG) will ease gas crisis in the Chattogram region. Imported LNG is likely to be available by July 04. Source: The Financial Express
Category: Gas
Contract with Chinese consortium for Khulna 330 MW plant faces termination
June 24, 2018 Sunday 8:21 PM By UNB
Contract with a Chinese consortium for constriction of Khulna 330 MW dual-fuel combined cycle power plant is going to face termination as the contractor failed to arrange required fund for the project. According to official sources, the government signed a contract on November 17 in 2016 with the Chinese Consortium of Harbin Electric International Co Ltd (HEI), and Jiangsu Etern Co Ltd, to set up the plant’s simple cycle unit within 15 months (450 days) and combined cycle unit within 30 months (900 days). Nineteen months passed by but, no progress has been made in implementation of the project as the bidder failed to arrange the required fund from the Chinese bank. Officials said the total cost of the project is about $400 million, equivalent to Tk 3,253 crore. Of this, the Chinese Exim Bank was supposed to provide $304 million, equivalent to Tk 2370 crore, which shares 85 percent of the turnkey contract cost. As per the contract with the government, the bidder will have to arrange at least 85 percent of the turnkey contract amount by its own initiative. The remaining Tk 1,240 crore will be financed by the Bangladesh government. But in last 19 months, nothing but a draft loan agreement was made ready by the bidder in getting the required loan. The issue of the Chinese bidder’s failure was widely discussed in a review meeting of the Power Division last month. The meeting, presided over by the State Minister for Power and Energy Nasrul Hamid, decided to terminate the contract with Chinese consortium if it failed to arrange the Chinese Exim Bank’s promised loan of $281 million within 2 months. Following the decision of the meeting, the state-owned Power Development Board (PDB) sent a letter to the Chinese consortium giving 10 days time to ensure the financing of the project by making the projects financial closing within June 20. "But so far we don’t have any information that can suggest the Harbin- Jiangsu consortium will be able to make the financial closing by June 20", said project director Jotirmoy Halder. He said once the given deadline is over, the things will be communicated to the higher authority for final action against the Chinese bidder. It was learnt that the Exim Bank sent a draft loan agreement which the Bangladesh government approved with some amendments and sent it back to the Exim Bank. The PDB also sent a letter to the bidder consortium to execute the loan agreement as per amendments.
Category: Power
Sembcorp lowest bidder for Bangladesh power supply tender
June 24, 2018 Sunday 3:41 PM By INDIA TODAY
Sembcorp Energy India is set to bag a tender for supply of 250 megawatts of electricity to Bangladesh after it bid the lowest tariff. Sources with direct knowledge of the development said Sembcorp Gayatri Power, a subsidiary of Sembcorp Energy India Ltd, bid the lowest among half a dozen power utilities that submitted offers to Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) for the supply of 250 MW of electricity for 15 years. It wasn’t immediately known as to how much Sembcorp had bid. Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) had in February invited bids for buying 250 MW power from Indian firms for short duration (August 1, 2018, to December 31, 2019) and long-term (January 1, 2020, and July 31, 2033). Besides Sembcorp, other bidders included Adani Power Mundra Ltd, Hindustan Power, Jaiprakash Power Ventures Ltd, Meenakshi Energy Pvt Ltd and Odisha Power Generation Corp Ltd. Sources said, Sembcorp made the most competitive offer for supply of electricity generated from imported coal at its Andhra Pradesh plant. While BPDB officials were not reachable for comments, a Sembcorp spokesperson said, “Sembcorp Energy India`s subsidiary SGPL has participated in the Bangladesh Power Development Board’s bid for supply of 250 MW power for 15 years. We are awaiting an official notification on the outcome. In view of this, it is not appropriate for us to comment further.” India exports approximately 900 MW of electricity to Bangladesh. In February, state-run power giant NTPC had won a bid to supply 300 MW power to Bangladesh for 15 years at an estimated tariff of Rs 3.42 per unit. NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam (NVVN), a wholly-owned subsidiary of NTPC Ltd, had won that bid over Sembcorp by a few paise, sources said. That contract gave NTPC Rs 900 crore of annual revenue. For that tender, BPDB had invited bids for supply of 500 MW power from India for short-term (June 1, 2018, to December 31, 2019) and long-term (January 1, 2020, to May 31, 2033). NVVN, Adani Group, PTC and Sembcorp submitted bids by the scheduled date of January 11. As on June 5, Bangladesh had about 15,553 MW of installed capacity and 2,800 MW of captive power capacity. This is, however, way short of demand and the country had to import electricity. Sources said Sembcorp is likely to begin supplies from August. Sembcorp Energy India Ltd is part of the Singapore-based energy, water and marine group, Sembcorp Industries. Sembcorp Gayatri operates a 2,640 MW coal-fired power plant in Andhra Pradesh.  
Category: Power
MAX Group signs a contract with Atomstroyexport for Rooppur project
June 9, 2018 Saturday 5:47 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
In a move to complete the first ever nuclear power plant construction project of Bangladesh, the main Russian contractor JSC Atomstroyexport signed a contract with local company MAX Infrastructure Ltd (concern of MAX Group) to construct the lot- 600 of Rooppur NPP, Unit 1. This contract includes the critical civil and erection works of main Turbine Hall building. After signing, the contract was exchanged between Engr  Ghulam Mohammed Alomgir, Chairman of MAX GROUP and Lastochkin Sergey Gennadievich, First Deputy Director of RNPP Directorate, Atomstroyexport at a local hotel in Dhaka recently where CEO of Hindustan Construction Company, Amit Uplenchwar and CEO of MAX GROUP, Sunil Jain were also present, said a press release. MAX Infrastructure Ltd (MAX), Bangladesh and a big reputed company, Hindustan Construction Company (HCC), India, joint Venture (JV) has been awarded this contract for the lot- 600. MAX is the lead partner having 60% share in the JV and HCC is the 40% shareholder. The project is expected to be completed by 2022 and declared as a fast track project of Bangladesh by present government. The NPP will be built with Russian technology and is equipped with two VVER reactors of 1,200 MW each. MAX is one of the most reputed EPC contractor of Bangladesh with a brilliant track record of infrastructural development in various sectors for the last 25 years. MAX GROUP has employed more than 400 graduate engineers and owns more than 600 construction equipment in various projects. Previously, MAX has been awarded for two other lots of this Rooppur NPP which includes the shore protection of Padma river and construction of the common facilities of the construction base of second stage. MAX is also constructing the Single Line Dual Gauge Railway Track from Dohazari to Cox’s Bazar via Ramu under the railways ministry worth value US$ 450 million which is another fast track project of the present government of Bangladesh. When contacted for comment, Engr Alomgir said owning and operating a nuclear power plant in the country will be a proud achievement for Bangladesh and working in critical constructions of such a nuclear plant is a proud achievement for MAX GROUP as a local company. He hopes to deliver the project in time with full satisfaction to Russian main contractor ASE and Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC).  
Category: Nuclear
Govt moves to drill 108 wells in onshore blocks
June 6, 2018 Wednesday 3:31 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The government has placed special stress on natural gas exploration to ensure the country’s future energy security, state ministerfor power, energy and mineral resources Nasrul Hamid said on Tuesday. Steps have been taken to drill some 108 new wells, he added. Nasrul announced this while speaking as the chief guest at an event organised by Chevron Bangladesh at a hotel in Dhaka, said a press release. The consumption of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as an alternative to natural gas is being encouraged, he said. The government is moving ahead with the target of becoming a developed country, prioritising the advancement of power and energy sector, he also said. Already, some 90 per cent people have been brought under the grid power and 5.20 million people under the solar home systems, he said. He also recognised the contribution of Chevron Bangladesh towards the country’s development. Energy and mineral resources secretary Abu Hena Md Rahmatul Munim, Petrobangla chairman Abul Mansur Md Faizullah, US ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat, and Chevron Bangladesh’s outgoing president Kevin Lyon also spoke on the occasion. Chevron Bangladesh’s newly-appointed president Neil Menzis was introduced at the function.
Category: Gas
City’s gas crisis likely to linger despite move to add more gas to nat’l grid
May 24, 2018 Thursday 11:23 AM By UNB
Despite the government’s move to add 500 million cubic feet of gas per day (mmcfd) to the national gas network, the severe gas crisis that the city dwellers have been experiencing in many areas is unlikely to be resolved soon due to weak distribution network, officials said. The government has planned to add 500 mmcfd gas to the national grid from the current month by importing liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Qatar. The LNG ship has already arrived at Moheshkhali LNG terminal and now awaiting supply to national gas network. But officials at state-owned Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd think that this will have little impact on the current grim situation because of weakness in distribution network. They said addition of more gas would not work to ease the situation until a project is taken to improve distribution line. “Actually, no major project was undertaken in recent years to improve the capacity of the Titas distribution lines because of the government’s policy to discourage the residential use of gas,” said a top official of the company on condition of anonymity.  In most areas, he mentioned, the distribution lines have become very incapable to meet the demand of gas the demand of which is growing because of rampant construction of high-rise buildings in and around Dhaka city. “Where there was only one or two families on a piece of land, now more than 10 families are living there after the construction of a high-rise apartment building,” he said. The areas facing gas crisis include Mirpur, Kazipara, Sewrapara, Mohammadpur, Sheymoli, Adabar, Kalayanpur, Nakhalpara, Kathalbagan, Cenrtral Road, Crescent Road, Moghbazar, Molibagh, Badda, Basabo, Old Dhaka, Lalbagh, and Jatrabari.   The consumers of these areas experience poor gas flow in most of the time of the day. “We start getting gas after 10 pm and that flow prevails for only three to four hours. Even no adequate pressure is found to cook meals in ovens,” said Salma Begum, a housewife in the city’s Nakhalpara area. The similar experience was shared by Nurjahan  Khatun in Kazipara area of Mirpur. She said she has to cook at midnight on most occasions. According to official sources, some 30 percent of the Titas consumers in the city have been experiencing the gas shortage for long. However, Syed ManzurIlahi, deputy managing director and also project director of Supply Efficiency Improvement of Titas Gas, said they have constantly making efforts to improve the situation. “Titas is currently implementing a pre-paid gas meter installation project to stop such illegal connections. Once the project is fully implemented, it’ll significantly improve the situation,” he said. But many senior officials who do not want to speak openly believe there will be no end to the ongoing gas crisis unless there is any policy change on the government side. Currently, they said, Titas gas has alone almost 500 mmcfd gas shortage to meet its demand as it is receiving about 1580  mmcfd gas from  Petrobangla to serve its 2.734  million consumers.  Of these, residential consumers are about 2.717 million while commercial consumers are 10,919 and industrial consumers are 4,610. The officials said Titas Gas needs projects to improve the capacity of its distribution lines across the city and elsewhere. They also mentioned that there are more than 300,000 million illegal gas connections in many areas in and around the Dhaka city. These areas include Keraniganj, Narayanganj, Fatullah, Badda, Merul Badda, Tekpara, Kathalia and Namapara. “But local MPs create obstacles when we move to take action against such illegal gas consumers,” said an official.
Category: Gas
Khulna 800MW power project awaits ECNEC nod
May 21, 2018 Monday 12:27 PM By BSS
The government has undertaken a big move to set up a 800 MW combined cycle power plant on the abandoned land of Khulna Newsprint Mills Limited to meet the growing demand of power in the country. “The government has undertaken a series of projects to increase the country’s power generation capacity as we have targeted to generate 24,000 MW electricity by 2021,” State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid told the news agency on Sunday. He said the proposed power plant would help reduce system loss of electricity as consumers would get more reliable power from their nearby source. An official said the commission has already reviewed a draft project of the Power Division titled ‘Construction of Rupsha 800 MW combined cycle power plant’ and it is likely to be placed before the ECNEC meeting on Tuesday. He also said the North-West Power Generation Company Limited (NWPGCL) under the Power Division has been assigned to implement the project by June 2022 at an estimated cost of Taka 8,498.64 crore. Out of the total project cost, the official said, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR) are expected to provide Tk 5,987.87 crore as project assistance, Tk 50 crore will come from the organization’s own fund while the rest Tk 2,460.77 crore would be given by the government. The project targets improving energy security in Bangladesh. It will increase availability of efficient and cleaner energy by developing a state-of-the-art power plant with 800-megawatt (MW) generation capacity using cleaner and highly efficient power generation technologies. The Planning Commission official said the project also envisages the construction of associated natural gas supply and power transmission infrastructure facilities, as well as strengthening the institutional capacity and overall business process of the project’s executing agency, North-West Power Generation Company Limited (NWPGCL), to efficiently plan and operate power plants. He said the power plant will be built on some 50 acres of abandoned land at the Khulna Newsprint Mills where natural gas will be used as the initial energy while HSD (diesel) as an alternate energy.  According to the sources at the Power Division and the Planning Commission, the government has already set a target to reach electricity to every household by 2021 side by side reducing load-shedding by generating some 24,000 MW of Power by that year. To materialize that goal, the government is implementing various short-term, mid-term and long-term plans and the project for setting up 800 MW combined cycle power plant has been drafted in line with those plans. According to the draft project proposal, the main project operations include setting up gas turbine generating set with all auxiliaries, steam turbine generating set with all auxiliaries, heat recovery steam generating set, installation of power transformer 16/230 kV, 400 MVA, 11/230 kV, 200 MVA and distributed controlled system and some 29 kilometer 230 kV power transmission line. Besides, land purchase and development, construction of residential and non-residential buildings and gas distribution pipe line installation works would also be carried out under the project. The Pre Evaluation Committee (PEC) meeting on the proposed project was held on February 06 where the Planning Commission suggested for restructuring the DPP. Following the recommendations of the Planning Commission, the Power Division restructured the DPP and again submitted it before the Planning Commission where it suggested for placing before the ECNEC.
Category: Power
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